Original Title: Heart of Ice
Year Published: 2015
Published by: N/A
Number of Pages: 227
First Sentence: “It had been two weeks since Rakel last saw another human (and a full month since she had spoken with anyone), so she thought it was forgivable that when she encountered Oskar, her “attendant”, in the great hall of her ice-castle, she was both surprised and irritated.“
Goodreads Rating: 4/5
Rakel, a princess by birth, has spent most of her life exiled on a barren mountain, despised because of her powerful snow magic. Though she longs to be accepted, she hides in her ice-castle and lives with the fear that her brother—the King—will one day order her execution.
Her empty life changes forever when an army of magic users—led by the enigmatic Colonel Farrin Graydim—invade her home country and plan to enslave its citizens. Swallowing her fear, Rakel joins forces with her jailers and uses her magic to save the people who scorned her.
If Rakel cannot defend her homeland, the country will be lost.
This was a really enjoyable story. It was a little slow at times, and possibly the world in the book could have been better developed, but overall it was a really good read anyway.
Rakel was a nice character. She has pretty much lived through hell and knows that pretty much everyone is terrified of her, and yet she is still kind. She is pretty much Elsa from Frozen but with more inhibitions. It takes a lot of time for her to get comfortable using her powers around people. Despite being hated by her own people, she only wishes to be of service. Talk about a crappy situation.
The plot was pretty interesting. It took some time for it to actually get going, but once it had it became really interesting, and the pacing became so much better. So stick with it, it does get better the further you get.
Do I recommend it?
Yes, I do.